[Samba] Printing help from Windows XP

Herb Lewis hlewis at panasas.com
Wed Sep 1 13:34:01 GMT 2004

What is the output of lpstat -t on your linux system?
When you print from linux what command do you use?

It looks like you are calling the printer the wrong name in
your smb.conf file. It must match "exactly" one of the
names returned by lpstat.

Rohan Gilchrist wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to get priting working from a Windows XP box to a printer
> that's been shared via SAMBA.
> I can browse the printer fine, and can print fine from linux, but not from
> Windows.
> The following errors appear in the SAMBA log for the windows host I'm 
> printing from:
> lp: unable to print file: client-error-not-found
> lpstat: Unknown destination "level3-bw"!
> The error_log for CUPS, reports:
> print_job: resource name '/printers/lvl3-bw' no good!
> For reference, here's my smb.conf:
> [lvl3-bw]
> comment = level 3 printer
> path = /var/spool/samba/
> read only = No
> guest ok = Yes
> printable = Yes
> printer name = level3-bw
> Help please, I'm pulling my hair out over this.

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